A counter narrative from inside Vietnam

Marjorie Nelson, while working as a doctor in Vietnam, went missing after a violent bomb strike.  She returned with a fresh understanding of the human side of conflict.

Teaching toward a world without war

Elizabeth Gray Vining, a writer with the AFSC, helped to build new bridges as the first woman tutor to the crown prince of Japan after WWII.

Telling the AFSC story of change

"Swords into Ploughshares," written by Mary Hoxie Jones, was the first comprehensive history of AFSC's work and values. Mary was instrumental in ensuring the safe preservation of the organization's rich history.

Evacuating children from war

Alice Resch and Mary Elmes risked their lives to evacuate children from Nazi-occupied France to the United States. Their correspondence illustrates both women's steadfast commitment to the safety of dozens of children threatened with internment.

A message of good deeds: Rebecca Janey Timbres Clark

Rebecca Janney Timbres Clark, nurse, social worker, and humanitarian, traveled the world in a life time that spanned the twentieth century. 

One Billion Women Rising

Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

The AFSC PA will be joining as many as 30 different organizations in celebrating "One Billion Women Rising". Women from at least 188 countries around the world will be showing their collective strength and calling for an end to the abuse and rape of women.

In Pittsburgh we will be celebrating in Market Square with dance, spoken word, testimonies, etc.

Join us as we rise up women everywhere.

Women Standing Up for Freedom

Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 9:00am

If you are one (or how many) who wants to stand up for women's rights SAVE THIS DATE:  September 8, Nollen Plaza – 9 am for WOMEN STANDING UP FOR FREEDOM - DANCING:  WILPF member Penny Furgerson, Director of the Gateway Dance Theatre will be directing a Global Dance Action (think the end of Slumdog Millionaire) sponsored by the Women's Int'l League for Peace and Freedom, DSM Branch.  Planned Parenthood and American Friends Service Committee have signed on and we are expecting co-sponsors from a myriad of other like-mi

Strong, Feisty Women Award

Friday, September 16, 2011 - 5:30pm


The DSM Branch of Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom invites YOU to a BANQUET honoring activist Jane Magers and columnist Rekha Basu.


Monday, March 14, 2011 - 6:30pm

News & Letters Library
228 S. Wabash Ave., Room 230
Chicago, IL 60604

On International Women's Day, March 8, hundreds of Egyptian women demonstrated in Tahrir Square for their freedom.  They were attacked by a mob of men who beat and groped them, yelling at them that they should be home cooking and cleaning. What has to be realized is that women's struggle for freedom deepens revolution, it is not a diversion from it.

Who we are

AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more

Where we work

AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.

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